Most of the time car accidents occur because drivers are negligent and participating in texting while driving, another form of distracted driving, drowsy driving, aggressive driving, or impaired driving. However, from time to time, vehicles have been known to be the cause of crashes due to break downs from poor maintenance or manufacturing defects. This is why it is very important to have a safe and reliable car to drive.
While many people can help keep their older cars in good shape by getting their vehicles regularly maintained, many older vehicles do not have the technologies that newer cars do to assist drivers in avoiding crashes. Because many drivers want to know about the new cars that are equipped with the best safety features and crash avoidance technologies in order to reduce their chance of being in an auto accident, we are reporting on the 2016 top safety picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Scion iA
Top Safety Pick: 2016 Chevrolet Sonic, 2016 Nissan Sentra, and 2016 Kia Soul
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Acura ILX, 2016 Lexus CT 200h, 2016 Mazda 3, 2016 Volkswagen Golf and GTI, and 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza and WRX
Top Safety Pick: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Chrysler 200, 2016 Honda Accord 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan, 2016 Mazda 6, 2016 Nissan Maxima, 2016 Subaru Legacy and Outback, 2016 Toyota Camry and Prius v, and 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat
Midsize Luxury/Near Luxury Cars
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Audi A3, 2016 BMW 2 series, 2016 Lexus ES 350, and 2016 Volvo S60 and V60
Large Family Cars
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Toyota Avalon
Large Luxury Cars
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Acura RLX, 2016 Audi A6, 2016 Hyundai Genesis, 2016 Infiniti Q70, 2016 Lexus RC, 2016 Mercedes E-Class, and 2016 Volvo S80
Top Safety Pick: 2016 Buick Encore, 2016 Nissan Rogue
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Fiat 500X, 2016 Honda CR-V, 2016 Hyundai Tucson, 2016 Mazda CX-5, 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2016 Subaru Forester, and 2016 Toyota RAV4
Top Safety Pick: 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, 2016 GMC Terrain, and 2016 Kia Sorento
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Honda Pilot and 2016 Nissan Murano
Midsize Luxury SUVs
Top Safety Pick: 2016 Mercedes GLE-Class
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Acura MDX and RDX, 2016 Audi Q5, 2016 Lexus NX, and 2016 Volvo XC60 and XC90
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Kia Sedona
Top Safety Pick+: 2016 Ford F-150
It is important to note that what differentiates the 2016 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ is that the Top Safety Pick+ earns an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Also, IIHS points out that even though vehicles are chosen as safe cars for their categories, heavier larger cars over smaller cars are still going to offer drivers and passengers more protection in the event of a crash. This is very important for parents of teenagers to read when shopping for the right vehicle for their teen driver.
No matter what car you end up driving – whether it was equipped with crash prevention technology or not – when another driver causes a wreck and your injuries, you need to seek immediate legal advice. For a free consultation, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 to speak with an experienced car accident attorney in the Fort Lauderdale area.